A tale of two soldiers … Walter Tatko and John Bourgoin

BY JACK SHORT – To anyone who happened upon a scene in the kitchen of the Palmetto Inn recently, two men pouring over maps with their wives and siblings, sandwiches and soup cooking on the other side of the counter, it might have seemed like they were reminiscing over a European vacation taken years before. […]

Get ready to ‘howl’ on May 30

Capt. Sandy Melvin of Special Effects/Gasparilla Outfitters has announced the date for the traditional “Howl at the Moon” Open Invitational Tarpon Tournament to be on Saturday, May 30, from 8 to 11 p.m. The entry fee will be $500 per team.

Your pet could be a calendar star

To the Editor: Suncoast Humane Society is excited to announce that its 2016 Pet Calendar Photo Contest has officially begun. Your pet’s photos could be featured on the front cover of this exclusive pet calendar! Suncoast Humane Society has four convenient ways to enter your pet’s photo into the contest. You are able to upload […]

Dead turtle found on beach, cause of death possibly man

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Sea turtle season has just begun and while nest numbers are still low, island patrollers have already found one turtle dead on local beaches. According to Maureen McConnell, the head of the island’s sea turtle patrollers, she received a call of a “stranded” juvenile loggerhead turtle at the north end of the […]

Spook takes Ladies Day, Jill Marie and Casuarina place

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It was great fishing weather on the evening of Saturday, May 9 as the 25th Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament was held in Boca Grande Pass. It had been 25 years since the original tournament was held, then called “Mothers and Others.” There were two boatloads of Italianos out on the water, Spook […]

Chatham, Melvin take prizes at Redbone

Boca Grande’s own Capt. Dave Chatham fished the Raymond James Boca Grande Classic this week, held at the Gasparilla Inn on May 12 and 13, and was declared Grand Champion for his slam with the most points. It is part of the Redbone at Large series. Points in the tournament are awarded per species, and […]

Be hangtag ready for hurricane season 2015

The Boca Grande Fire Department issued new hurricane hangtags in 2012 to officials, residents, property owners, and business owners for their essential personnel. In order to make re-entry easier after an event, rearview mirror hangtags are issued to officials, residents, property owners and business owners in the community of Boca Grande. A driver’s license with […]

RPP to offer five scholarships to Englewood theater camp

Once again, RPP is pleased to announce that several scholarships are available for children, ages 8 to 12, who love performing on stage. Last year, Wesley Locke, a well-loved island star, won a scholarship to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA), in Manhattan from RPP. This year, the scholarship money is for our […]

Harbor Drive bridge repairs to begin next week

BY JACK SHORT – A routine inspection revealed that the small bridge on Harbor Drive suffered from a bowing seawall that will be repaired next week. Representatives of Lee County said the repairs should last one to two weeks. Randy Cerchie, acting director of the Department of Transportation for Lee County, said he suspects a tieback […]

GICIA receives grant for more extensive policing of Bike Path

In its ongoing efforts to maintain a safe bike path for all users, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA) has coordinated with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to continue the safety details throughout the summer. Stepping up the number of safety details and scheduling them on busy summer weekends is possible because of […]